Him: Feel free to open your heart to me; I’m here for you if you ever need someone.
Her: I’ll open it if you promise to not take my vulnerability lightly.
Him: I would never dream of doing that, most definitely not to you.
They begin talking and begin to share intimate details about each other’s lives. The kind of details that one normally reserves for their closest friends or family, perhaps a therapist. They weren’t any of those though, just co-workers, but there was this closeness that settled them into the conversation.
Her: Life gets hard at times, that’s obvious, but when those times that have this extra layer of difficulty to them, that’s when I break down, not because I can’t take it though, but because I realize that I’ve taken it for far too long and I don’t want to anymore, not without a real fight put up on my end.
Him: I know how you feel. Life gives us these moments that want to break us, and when it seems like we have it under control, or steady enough to begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, another wave comes crashing in on us. But you know something? Faith keeps us going. Even those who may have never had a spiritual experience before, have faith that gets them through difficult times. They just don’t realize it at the time.
Her: Well, I have faith, but I….
Him: Right there though. The moment you say, but I, is the moment that faith begins to fade and the darkness of the circumstances in life at the moment begin to feel more burdensome.
Her: This feeling of constantly being in a struggle though; how do you get out of the mindset of doubt or questioning if things will actually turn around? I’m tired of it. All of it. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
Him: I know. I know. You know what though? You’re here. Talking about tough times that you HAVE gotten through. That you HAVE overcome despite the level of stress or doubt you may have had. That’s the faith in you. In all of us to this very point that any of us are living in. We’ve made it through so many storms and yet, we’re still here.